“I want to do this work in order to empower students to be the best individuals they can be and to strive for excellence. I want to be that role model that I did not have while
I was attending inner city public schools growing up.”
Ruben M., AmeriCorps member serving at Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School
“Helping people makes me happy. I want to help students in the best way that I can, so that I can possibly affect someone's future for the better, and in turn, the community as a whole.”
Jessica H., AmeriCorps member serving at Sacramento Charter High School
“I joined City Year because I want to make a difference in children's lives. Growing up, my parents were not able to help me with my homework because they did not know how to speak English. However, I always had great teachers that would go out of their way to help me understand the material. Similarly, I want to be able to support and help my students when they need help.”
Bellin E., AmeriCorps member serving at Fern Bacon Middle School
Every person who works with City Year—in Sacramento or in 25 other locations across the country—has a unique motivation for committing to 11 months of challenging full-time service. City Year Sacramento is recruiting young idealists, ages 17-24, for a year of service in Sacramento schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. The highly competitive application process is concluding with a final deadline of April 30.
The program begins in August 2015 and will finish in June 2016. Ideal candidates include:
- High school graduates
- College graduates
- Students who have some college experience
- Young adults from or currently living in the Sacramento area who want to make a difference in their community
Benefits for AmeriCorps members serving with City Year include a bi-monthly living stipend, basic medical coverage, and a scholarship of $5,645.
Currently City Year has 60 full time volunteers, called AmeriCorps members, who serve in six Sacramento schools. To continue our service to the Sacramento City Unified School District and St. HOPE Public Schools next year, City Year Sacramento will again engage 60 young adults to serve as “near-peer” mentors and role models for students in grades 3-9. “We have an amazing group of AmeriCorps members already confirmed,” says Mark McClements, admissions manager for the Sacramento site, “but we need a few more young idealists to join us for an impactful year of service.”
City Year AmeriCorps members will work in schools Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 6 pm, tutoring students in math and English Language Arts, facilitating after school programs, and evaluating and monitoring student progress throughout the year. AmeriCorps members start their service with a month of training in August, and continue to receive training throughout the year. Students and schools benefit from having additional adults in the classroom, and AmeriCorps members benefit from an opportunity to work in the field of education, and a chance to give back to their communities.
As the current corps prepares to graduate on June 12, City Year Sacramento is looking forward to meeting next year’s team in early August. Interested applicants will need to complete four short essay questions and submit two professional recommendations. Qualified applicants will participate in an interview process. If you or someone in your network is interested in serving with City Year, you can start an application here. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are due by Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 pm PST.
“I believe in the power of education and the power of young people. I firmly believe that each and every child has a fundamental right to a quality education.”
Beatrice W., AmeriCorps member serving at Rosa Parks K-8 School